Muslim charity event at Legoland cancelled after threats from far-right groups

The Muslim Research and Development Foundation had planned to run a private family fun day at the theme park in Windsor on Sunday


A charity event that was due to take place on Sunday at the Legoland theme park in Windsor, Berkshire, has been cancelled because of threats from far-right groups.

The Muslim Research and Development Foundation, a charity set up to help Muslims in the UK better understand their faith in modern society, had planned to run a private family fun day at the park on Sunday to enable Muslim and non-Muslims to come together.

It said it had sold more than 4,000 tickets to the event, but right-wing groups had made threats against staff from both MRDF and Legoland, and against Legoland visitors, in the lead-up to the day.

As a result of the threats, which consisted of phone calls, emails and posts on social media, Legoland decided to cancel the event and close its on-site hotel for the entire weekend.

The theme park is not due to open to the public until 14 March, but the hotel was due to be operating this weekend. The park would have been in operation for the MRDF event on Sunday.

"Unfortunately, during the last few weeks leading up to the event, several right-wing groups threatened both visitors and employees of Legoland in relation to this planned event," a statement from the charity said.

"They threatened staff at Legoland and MRDF, and aimed to disrupt families on the day of the event."

The charity said that although it had worked with Legoland to find a solution to the threats, Legoland had decided to cancel the event because it could not guarantee the safety of visitors and park staff.

A statement from Legoland said: "Unfortunately, the Legoland Windsor Resort has had to close the hotel on 8 and 9 March after threats from right-wing groups made against the resort.

"The hotel closure follows the cancellation of a private event that was due to take place on 9 March prior to the theme park reopening for the 2014 season on 14 March.

"The safety and security of our guests and our members of staff is our number one priority, which is why we’ve made the difficult decision to close the hotel."

All guests that were booked in to stay would be given full refunds, Legoland said.

The charity said it hoped to organise other similar events in the future.

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